Theodore Roosevelt Schools the Department of State, 1908

Today’s post is written by David Langbart, an Archivist in the Textual Records Division at the National Archives at College Park. In December 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt sent the Department of State a letter in which he admonished that agency for preparing a set of remarks for his use in greeting a foreign visitor that … Continue reading Theodore Roosevelt Schools the Department of State, 1908

Thanksgiving around the world

Thanksgiving is considered by many to be the quintessential American holiday.  As Thanksgiving 1918 approached, American had more reason than the usual to give thanks.  On November 11, 1918, Germany signed the armistice that brought World War I to an effective end.  In the wake of that event, the United States made an attempt to … Continue reading Thanksgiving around the world

Identification in World War II China: Friend or Foe?

During World War II, many American military personnel, primarily aircrew, found themselves trapped behind enemy lines.  The MIS-X Section of the Captured Personnel and Material Branch of the Army's Military Intelligence Service handled matters dealing with escape and evasion (E&E) out of hostile areas and intelligence operations relating to Allied prisoners of war.  E&E training … Continue reading Identification in World War II China: Friend or Foe?

Happy 50th, Peace Corps!

Today's post is written by Erin Townsend, an archivist based out of Archives II who helps coordinate our digitization projects.   This year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Peace Corps.  Numerous events and activities have already taken place to commemorate this milestone, including programs at the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival, 50th … Continue reading Happy 50th, Peace Corps!